KitGuru has been singing the praises of the GTX460 since it was released. We thought both eVGA and MSI versions we reviewed offered superb value for money with class leading performance. The Zotac AMP! Edition is the fastest GTX460 card we have tested to date, thanks to the very generous core and memory clock enhancements.
Our testing today has shown that Zotac have balanced the card to offer low noise levels while providing enough cooling power to keep it in the ‘safe zone’. That said, 84c when running Furmark is the highest temperature we have yet to record with a GTX460 … its perfectly safe however.
The card has further potential for manual overclocking and we managed to push the core to 925mhz and the memory to 1075mhz offering even more frame rate improvements at the cost of temperature increases, reaching the 90c mark. We feel that manual fan configuration would be a prerequisite for peace of mind if you wanted to run at these speeds.
The Zotac bundle is impressive, we are glad to see Dirt 2 removed from the bundle and replaced with the excellent new Prince Of Persia title which offers something fresh and diverse to a potential customer.
When compared with a reference GTX460, power consumption is higher with the AMP!, between 30-40 watts extra being drained from the power supply under load. It is just a side factor of the increased voltage PCB design and overclocked configuration.
When weighing all of this into a final decision, we feel the extra $20 is well worth it when compared to a standard GTX460.
KitGuru says: The GTX460 AMP! is an excellent board which combines class leading performance with low noise and high overclocking prowess.